Movie Noah Trades Redemption for Destruction

Photo found at Cornwall Alliance

Photo found at Cornwall Alliance

by Megan Toombs
Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Cornwall Alliance
January 15, 2014

Was Noah a violent, murderous environmentalist who experienced an anthropogenic apocalypse? Did God hate humans because they destroyed His earth?

Not according to the Bible.

Darren Aronofsky, director of the new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe, clearly didn’t read his Bible very carefully—or didn’t like what he read.

The movie Noah changes a story of love and redemption into an environmentalist propaganda piece about humans destroying the earth, and a call for human extinction.

Brian Godawa, who read the original script, reports that in it the earth became a desert with no rain because of human actions like hunting animals for food and sport. Never mind that the Bible says there was no rain because a mist rose from the ground (Genesis 2:6)—i.e., humidity and water vapor in the pre-flood world made rain unnecessary.

The Noah of the Bible is “…a righteous man, blameless in his generation.” The Noah of the movie script, as Godawa reports, is a shaman who avoids other people and “maintains an animal hospital to take care of wounded animals or those who survive the evil ‘poachers,’… Noah is the Mother Teresa of animals.”

Godawa makes the movie’s message clear:
Noah has himself become a bit psychotic, like an environmentalist or animal rights activist who concludes that people do not deserve to survive because of what they’ve done to the environment and to animals. Noah deduces that God’s only reason for his family on the boat is to shepherd the animals to safety, ‘and then mankind disappears. It would be a better world.’ He concludes that there will be no more births in this family so that when they start over in the new world, they will eventually die out, leaving the animals in a humanless paradise of ecoharmony and peace. As Noah says, ‘The creatures of the earth, the world itself, shall be safe.’
Darren Aronofsky missed two key parts of the Biblical story when he decided to create this movie based on the worldview of radical environmentalists.

First, God put man over the earth to steward it. Genesis 1:26–28 states:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God gave man dominion, which means that, in order of importance among creatures, man comes first. Environmentalists, of course, don’t agree. Godawa pointed out that the ethic behind Noah’s belief that his family should not procreate was “The same as all environmentalist activists: The ends justify the means. ‘We must weigh those [human] lives against all creation.’” Environmentalists like Aronofsky believe that man only damages the earth, but we know better.

Humanity being made in the image of God has the ability to innovate and create. When God gave man dominion over the earth, it was because under the stewardship of man the earth is more productive.

Second, Noah the movie is a story of death and destruction rooted in evil. The Biblical story of Noah is one of both just judgment and gracious redemption.

Genesis 6:7–8 states, “So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

God the Creator was justly angry that the people, made in His image, were evil and no longer worshipped Him. But God had grace on Noah. This doesn’t mean Noah was without sin, but it does mean he had faith. As Genesis 6:9 states, “Noah walked with God.” God, through His mercy, saved Noah and his family, and thus the human race as well as the remainder of the animals.

This is one of the many amazing stories that show God’s awesome plan. God did not use the righteousness of Noah solely to save the human race and the animals from the flood. He used it in His plan for the ultimate redemption of creation through Jesus Christ.

In Far As The Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story Of Redemption, Michael D. Williams points out that the story of Noah is another example of God’s overarching redemptive story, and His covenant with man. God in His providence saved Noah to create the line that would lead to Christ. People, fallen and sinful, did not know, or care, that they needed redemption, but God cared, and He saved Noah and ultimately the rest of His creation. He covenanted with Noah and all of the earth never to destroy it again with water.

Williams contends, “the inclusion of the animals and the very earth within the covenant emphasizes that the scope of God’s redemptive program is as wide as his creational work.” God “also reaffirms man’s covenant place within creation, in phrases intentionally reminiscent of God’s commission of Adam as a covenant representative.”

Genesis 9:1–7 states:
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”

The command God gave to Adam He repeated to Noah. The story of Noah is not the environmentalist story of destruction, it is a story of grace—God’s grace given to a fallen creation that will ultimately lead to redemption.

My comment:

I haven’t seen the movie. As I am writing this, the top story on the national news is a warning coming from the United Nations about the threat of global warming. I know that the Bible says that “the Earth is wearing out like a garment.” I attribute this to the sin of man. I know the movie will probably make a lot of money. I won’t be seeing it until my local library has it. Until then, I would like both sides to have their say. This side isn’t seen in many places these days.



11 Responses to Movie Noah Trades Redemption for Destruction

  1. I HAVE seen the movie for the sake of sparing other Christians of its pernicious nonsense. Here is my review for whomever might have an interest. God bless.

    • Chris says:

      A great review, Keith. Thank you for linking my readers to it. A quote from your review seems to back up some of what is in this post:

      “•Noah in the Bible is described as “a just man and perfect in his generations, [who] walked with God (Genesis 6:9 KJV) and a “preacher of righteousness.” (2 Peter 2:5)
      •Hollywood’s Noah is a brooding, obsessive environmentalist, and a cold-hearted, infanticidal zealot, who despises mankind for its destruction of the planet, above all. Even more disturbing, is the fact that it’s the “Creator” who Noah is supposedly slavishly loyal to that is making him that way.”

      It is always nice to get a view from someone who does a lot of this sort of thing. Few in the mainstream media seem to care about Biblical accuracy but would rather use the Bible to further an agenda. I don’t know if that or pure profit was the real motive here. My guess would be a bit of both. I hope everyone who reads this goes to your review. You might save them some time, some money, and some squirming.

      God’s blessings…

  2. I rarely go the the movies… My wife does not like the loud sound. But this movie in particular I cannot see. Christian friends have seen and walked out upset at the mischaracterization of Noah

    • Chris says:

      Same here, Chris. I think the last movie I went to I paid 50 cents to see and it was the Chronicles of Narnia. I couldn’t remember but that’s what my family just told me. After reading these reviews, including the one the Sherryn has shared, I can understand why your friends left the movie. I hope that word gets out and that Christians don’t go so that the financial benefits to those who made it is very limited. Nothing would be good.

      Always appreciate your comments…

    • Chris says:

      Great review, Sherryn. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope enough Christians get the word that this movie is not a Christian movie. Pastor Unger gives many reasons why it is not a Christian movie.

      Thanks again. God’s blessings to you and your family my sister in Christ….

  3. Mannyr says:

    Watching the clips on TV made me upset with the typical Hollywood in your face stupidity. What’s to expect from the unregenerate, then as now they cannot comprehend God’s mercy and plan for redemption. Stay tuned for more Hollywood sleaze.

    • Chris says:

      From the article that Sherryn shared here, it shouldn’t take a great amount of discernment to figure out what you did by watching the clips. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is generally not interested in Biblical truth and have no discernment. I’ve heard that Hollywood has many “Biblical” movies in the pipeline. So, stay tuned is right. We need to be informed so we can avoid supporting something evil.

      Always a blessing my friend…

  4. Ponder Anew says:

    dittos from me, Chris. I won’t be seeing it either. Here is a review from the Catholic News Service, pretty much echoing all the above sentiments:

    NEW YORK (CNS) — “‘ Noah’ (Paramount), which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally unfounded drama about a family dispute.

    This clan conflict is driven by the titular patriarch’s (Russell Crowe) misguided interpretation of God’s purposes in causing the deluge. Though Noah’s extreme pro-nature, anti-human reading of the situation is corrected in the end, his temporary fanaticism requires that viewers approach the film with mature discernment and with a solid grounding in the relevant, sometimes mysterious passages of the Old Testament.

    Even early on, the narrative of the Book of Genesis is padded out, and there are some borrowings from other parts of the Bible as well as from noncanonical works. ”

    Thanks for the other reviews posted, blessings..

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